For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.
Well, the election and all the accompanying media coverage is over, thanks be to God! America has made their choice including many professing Christians I know. Along the campaign trail and over the last few months we have seen Americas “divided reality”. We used to be a nation under one God and it is obvious that is not the state of our country now. Sadly, even in my own church I sense that people were not voting values, but rather voting issues. In short, voting for the man they thought would best help their wallets. In a word Obama. Obama is now our president and we are commanded to pray for our leaders, and so this I will do and I will pray that he is successful. But in the interim, I can not help but feel sad, that what so many of my fellow Christian brothers and sisters professed seem to be of no value to them now. Look at the definitions of value.
The word value (a noun) is defined as:
|1.||relative worth, merit, or importance: the value of a college education; the value of a queen in chess.|
|2.||monetary or material worth, as in commerce or trade: This piece of land has greatly increased in value.|
|3.||the worth of something in terms of the amount of other things for which it can be exchanged.|
|4.||equivalent worth or return in money, material, services, etc.: to give value for value received.|
Isn’t a vote for a leader who supports abortion rights against all a Christian believes in? Let me hasten to be clear here. This post is not about the abortion issue, this post is about the values we hold dear. And so, why don’t all Christians vote their values?
It seems quite clear that America, including (sadly) not a few “Christians” have ignored things that accompany salvation (like disobeying God’s commandment against murder) and regarded the worlds economy as having more value than our “heavenly economy”. They have shown by their actions (their vote) what they truly value. What happened to the “things that accompany salvation” (Heb 6:9), namely holding fast to one of the major commandments that they shalt not commit murder. (Luke 18:20) Have so many Christians faith become of “no value” to them. Value isn’t always a coin in our pocket or a divident check in the mail. Look at the definitions of value again (above) . . .
Can’t we hold that our belief in Christ has relative worth, merit or importance, that it greatly increases in value, that it has the ability to be exchanged for other things? And how would we show that we believe that? By voting our values and not our wallets. By standing for what we know God has taught us. By not silencing our consciences. By not wavering. By trusting that the value of our faith is more than the value of a dollar. Hard yes. Impossible no.
God promises: (Hebrews 4:3) that we who believe will rest. We will run and NOT be weary. (Isaiah 40:31) I’m absolutely certain that when the Hebrews walked on dry ground between the raging waters which parted the red sea, their hearts were exploding with fear and yet their faith saw them set their feet calmly on the other side. As they looked behind them, they saw that those who were attempting to destroy their faith were themselves destroyed.
Oh Lord, let us have that kind of faith today. Let us not look to a human man (a “type of” king like Obama) to be our savior. Let us remember Father God that there is a place of rest and a belief that has true value today. Let us trust you in the economic storm that rages around us now. Let our testimonies show that we have not put our trust in a man or the dollar, a job or a stock portfolio, but rather a faith that by our fruit shows our trust, our hope and our value is in you, your word and the rest that is ours today.
C’mon everyone … let’s stand on the rock of our faith.
Our Hope Should be built on nothing less that Jesus blood and righteousness. We dare not trust anything else.
I’m reminded of that old hymn:
ON CHRIST THE SOLID ROCK I STAND.
Here below are the words,
and there is a more modern version of it at you tube (above).
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.
On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.
His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.
When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.